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The Sun Is Also a Star

Written by: Nicola Yoon
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
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Editors Select, November 2016 - I was on maternity leave over the summer when I received an early copy of The Sun Is Also a Star. Thankfully my mom was around that day to watch the baby, because I couldn’t put it down. Not only is Nicola Yoon answering the call for more diversity in YA literature, she is also creating compelling, honest, and memorable characters in her fiction. The Sun Is Also a Star, which is a finalist for the National Book Award, is told from the alternating perspectives of two teenagers - one a Korean American boy who is on the "doctor tract" despite his proclivity for poetry; the other a Jamaican girl who is desperately trying to save her family from their imminent deportation. Over a single day, we watch how fate weaves its way into their lives. I recently got to listen to the audiobook, narrated by Bahni Turpin, Raymond Lee, and Dominic Hoffman - whose performances ensure Yoon’s work will soon become essential listening. —Katie, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Natasha

I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I'm definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is 12 hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won't be my story.

Daniel

I've always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents' high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store - for both of us.

The Universe

Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

©2016 Nicola Yoon (P)2016 Listening Library

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A Story of Poetry and Science

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon is a fun adventure that sees two young people in New York City fall in love over a very enthralling, very busy day. While I cheer for the books diversity and race issues tackled in the book, I found it a little hard to believe the amount of autonomy these two teenagers were given under the book's circumstances. I did, however, love how all the threads of the story tied together and worked both for and against one another. And the intensity in which these characters exist bring a smile to my face that makes me reminisce about how deeply I felt about things when I was seventeen.

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such great narrators

narrators were great..love the accents and how theres more than 1 narrator. couldnt stop listenning.. the characters and their families were very interesting and i liked the story

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Very talented narrators

There are a few books that I just know I would not enjoy quite as much if I had read them myself and this was definitely one of them. I enjoyed listening to the narration immensely; it made the book for me. I had a hard copy in my home but I found excuses to get into the car, (which is the only time I allow myself to listen to audiobooks) just so I could listen to the story. A very sweet story about first fleeting love and second chances.

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Amazing

This book make me feel like I was a part of their love story. I feel so honoured to have been able to watch this crazy love story unfold. Absolutely amazing I cried.

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  • BookItForward.Blog
  • MILPITAS, US, Canada
  • 2016-12-06

This was cute but flawed

I am solely reviewing the narration here. It was nice to have multiple readers since there was more than one main character plus one was a boy and one a girl. The problems I have with the narration are 1) The narration was way too slow. I had to speed it up and it still felt slow. 2)The woman narrating 17 year old Natasha sounds like she is 40. It's fine to be 40, I'm in my 30's but it's strange to hear such an adult voice narrating a 17 year old. 3) Some of the accents were done very poorly. I know I sound like a harsh critic, but I think that the audio industry is so large now that it is possible to find the perfect narrator for each story. These guys and gal just weren't the right fit.

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  • BookLuvr73
  • 2016-12-16

Beautifully written love story

This was perhaps the BEST book I have read/listened to in a long while!! I loved everything about this story and fell in love with the characters as well. I have recommended this book to all of my friends. BTW, I'm a 43 year old, mother of two who is a hopeless romantic!!

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  • Claudia Maittlen-Harris
  • 2018-02-11

Read this book!

This is such a beautifully written book. It’s lovely and touching and honest and just a wonderful read. I highly recommend it.

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  • PT
  • 2018-02-07

Absolutely incredible

If you want an emotional book that will make you cry laugh and doubt everything than this is the one for you. The performance was lovely and I haven’t enjoyed listening to anything as much as this

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  • Ivonne Sirett
  • 2017-03-02

sweet story

the story is about fate. it is really sweet and makes you laugh and tear up. good east listen. voices are meh.

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  • Lynn
  • 2016-11-13

just one day

who knew about could Chronicle the events of just one day that would change to people's lives forever? a must read, different from any book I've ever read

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  • Lee House
  • Atlanta, TX, US
  • 2016-11-11

don't normally read young adult

but thought this might be a good one for my grand-daughter. wanted to "read" it first to make sure it was appropriate. thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Katie - Audible
  • Newark, NJ
  • 2016-11-04

My Favorite YA Book of the Year

I was on maternity leave over the summer when I received an early copy of The Sun Is Also a Star. Thankfully my mom was around that day to watch the baby, because I couldn’t put it down. Not only is Nicola Yoon answering the call for more diversity in YA Literature, she is also creating compelling, honest, and memorable characters in her fiction. The Sun Is Also a Star, which is a finalist for the National Book Award, is told from the alternating perspectives of two teenagers – one a Korean American boy who is on the “doctor tract” despite his proclivity for poetry; the other, a Jamaican girl who is desperately trying to save her family from their imminent deportation. Over a single day we watch how fate weaves its way into their relationship and their futures – together and apart. I recently got to listen to the audiobook, which was beautifully performed by Bahni Turpin, Raymond Lee, and Dominic Hoffman. Turpin and Lee inhabit the main characters in such a way that ensures Yoon’s work will become essential listening.

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  • FanB14
  • 2016-12-15

Sweet Little Book

This is a sweet little book of a Jamaican girl about to be deported who by happenstance meets a Korean-American boy, conflicted about his path in life. Both fall in love in the span of a few hours. Her writing style is solid, but this one is okay in comparison to "Everything, Everything". The story is implausible and the female narrator was annoying. Overall, a cute story, but not as great as it was hyped to be. Still worth the credit.

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  • Somdet
  • 2019-08-07

Awesome story

I enjoyed the point of views of both characters and using 2 different actors. plus another actor to Narrate. It had a real life ending

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  • Friot Clara
  • 2019-07-13

Not amazing but very nice

The book isnt fantastic but its a nice read. The performances are great, the writing cleaver, the story engaging. A nice YA.

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  • Zineb Bouzaaboun
  • 2019-05-08

The audiobook is really good

The audiobook is amazing, the readers did an excellent job. The story is very fast-paced and hard to put down, but it gets a little too cheesy sometimes. Overall, cute story but not for everyone and especially not for people who don't enjoy romance books.

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  • STANY Séverine
  • 2017-04-26

Feeling rejuvenate ❤

I don't know where to begin actually.. At first I didn't want to write a review because I don't know how to explain books, movies, tell stories etc.. But I "kind of " know how to express how I feel.

I'm a book worm but lately I found it really difficult to read books unfortunately. So I wanted a change of "scenery", a new way to experience books, a new way to love novels again and feel .

This book was recommended by "MazeLee" and I really liked the part that they shared.

I don't know if it's because of the format, the story or how my emotion are set up right now, but I ended up crying so much, laughing deeply and feeling every single thoughts and emotions felt by the protagonists.

One of my fave parts is this quote "part of falling in love with someone is also falling in love with yourself".

I actually can't find something negative to say about this so 5/5 on everything 😆😆

P.S. I also listen to this book during eight hours straight.